Smarter Balanced Assessments

Understanding Your Student's Smarter Balanced Assessment Score

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Smarter Balanced Assessment

As a result of shifting to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Washington state mandated that all school districts implement Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) starting in 2014-15. The new assessments are aligned to the CCSS. 

The SBA replaced the reading, writing and math Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) tests for students in grades three through eight and the reading and writing High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) in grade 10. Students in grade 11 also take the SBA in English language arts (ELA) and math. Students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 will fulfill their state assessment graduation requirements by passing the SBA in ELA, one math exit exam and the Biology EOC. Students in the class of 2019 will be required to pass the grade 11 SBA in ELA and math to fulfill their state assessment graduation requirements.  

How are the Smarter Balanced Assessments different?

  • They are aligned to the English language arts and math CCSS.
  • The English language arts SBA includes both reading and writing assessments for every grade level tested.
  • They include two different types of tests: Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and Performance Tasks (PT) with a classroom activity.
    1. CAT is an online testing method. Questions appear based on whether or not a student answers the previous question correctly or incorrectly. This gives a more accurate measure of each student's performance level.
    2. PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills and complex analysis.
      • Classroom activities are 20 to 30 minutes. The activities involve research and structured classroom discussion to prepare for the PT. This ensures that students have background knowledge to successfully complete the PT. 

How are SBA given?

Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered online. Students use a Chromebook computer to take the tests.

When will students be taking these exams? 

The state of Washington establishes a testing window in the spring. Our district testing schedule will be designed to make the best use of student instructional time and use resources efficiently. The daily testing schedule will be posted on the assessment calendar

How are we preparing students?

The district has been actively implementing the Common Core State Standards since 2012-13. Curriculum specialists and teachers have been developing and using lessons and assessments aligned to the state standards.

In addition, we are ensuring students will be ready for online testing by increasing technology use in classrooms. 
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